10/10/2002 11:00PM

Run Production goes for Xtra Heat's boss


ELMONT, N.Y. - While John Salzman is in Chicago preparing Eclipse Award champion Xtra Heat for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, a colt he trains, Run Prod-uction, could earn him a stakes win in Sunday's $100,000-added Cowdin at Belmont Park.

Run Production, a winner of three of four starts, is among six 2-year-old colts entered in the Grade 3 Cowdin. The 6 1/2-furlong race came up lighter than its filly counterpart, the Grade 2 Astarita for 2-year-old fillies, which will be run one race earlier on the card.

Run Production enters the Cowdin off back-to-back wins in an allowance race and the Comet Stakes at The Meadowlands. In the six-furlong Comet, he defeated two rivals on a sloppy track.

Salzman, who trains Run Production for Four Horsemen's Ranch, said the colt's race was better than it looks on paper.

"It was a good race," Salzman said from Chicago on Friday. "He was herded out there, dug in, and came off the pace, which was good to see."

Abdiel Toribio, aboard in the Comet, rides Run Production, who drew post 3.

Roaring Fever, a half brother to Grade 1 stakes winner Raging Fever, gets blinkers on after finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Hopeful.

Boston Bull, a good-looking winner of a maiden race here last month over nine rivals, makes his stakes debut.

Paris Adventure, Midnight Charlie, and Wacky for Love complete the field.

Nonsuch Bay making switch to grass

Trainer Frank Alexander will try something new with his Grade 1 winner Nonsuch Bay and run her on the grass for the first time in Monday's $100,000-added Pebbles for 3-year-old fillies.

Nonsuch Bay, a daughter of Mr. Greeley, won the Grade 1 Mother Goose here in June. In her last two starts, she finished fifth in both the Alabama and Gazelle.

"There are not very many opportunities left for 3-year-old fillies this time of the year," Alexander said. "Mr. Greeleys have been doing very good on the grass. I worked her on the grass the other day, and I thought she worked very, very well. She was picking it up at the end and was hard to pull up."

The five-furlong turf work, which was completed around the dogs, took place on Oct. 5 at Belmont. Nonsuch Bay's covered the distance in 1:02.21.

Nonsuch Bay was assigned 114 pounds for the 1 1/8-mile Pebbles. She was assigned 123 pounds if the race is run on dirt.

Pebbles field looking large

It looks as though an overflow field will be entered for the Grade 3 Pebbles, the last turf race in New York restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Bobby Frankel may run as many as three, led by Pertuisane, who was trapped through the stretch while finishing third in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap. Frankel could run her as well as Nunatall and Glia.

Others pointing to the race include Aztec Pearl, Cyclorama, Delta Princess, Dreamers Glory, Katzen, Madeira Mist, Mariensky, She's Vested, Something Ventured, Spark Sept, Supposedly, and With Patience.

No Parole's trainer seeking options

There are a few options out there for No Parole, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Pegasus at The Meadowlands on Sept. 27.

No Parole's trainer, Joe Aquilino, said he is looking at the $250,000 Empire Classic and the $125,000 Hudson, both of which will be run Saturday on New York Showcase Day. Aquilino said another possibility is the $100,000-added Discovery Handicap, the opening-day feature of the Aqueduct meet on Oct. 23.

In weighing the pros and cons of the races, Aquilino said the Discovery is an attractive option because it's against straight 3-year-olds and is a graded race.

"I'm leaning toward the Aqueduct race," said Aquilino, who will consult with No Parole's owner, Thomas Mina, before making a final decision. "He trains at Aqueduct, he likes the track, and he doesn't have to ship. Those things give him an edge, I think."

No Parole, a son of sprint champion Lit de Justice, has been very consistent this year, with a record 2-1-4 from seven starts. In addition to winning a restricted race at Belmont in the slop in June, No Parole won the Mike Lee, the first leg of the Big Apple Triple.

No Parole, wearing blinkers for the first time in the Pegasus, was beaten a head by Regal Sanction, who is expected to run in the Grade 3 Discovery.

* Saphiria, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Left Bank, is entered in a maiden race on Sunday. Left Bank died last week from complications of colic surgery.

* Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. took off his one remaining mount on Friday's card after getting dumped while galloping out No Chance to Ski following the fourth race.

No Chance to Ski, a 2-year-old colt, spooked and Arroyo came off. Arroyo had swelling in his right ankle, and said he was going home to ice his foot and hopes to return on Saturday.

* A scene shot at Aqueduct for the HBO hit show, "The Sopranos," will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

* Belmont will be open Monday for a Columbus Day card. The track will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

- additional reporting by David Grening